Thursday, July 16, 2009


Mukwah Jamboree 2009

camping, music & shenanigans…

by Barnaby Bennett


One weekend every summer, the ole’ flat bed truck is moved over to a campsite next to the Red Deer River, tarp is skillfully tied to pine trees, then draped above this make shift truck/stage that numerous artists will grace over the course of the weekend. I am talking about what takes place at the Mukwah Jamboree – a fun filled music festival that happens near Sundre, Alberta on July 17-19. This year’s line-up is full of great bands and includes Azeda Booth, Beija Flor, Ganglion, Kuboaa & Deadhorse alongside perennial Mukwah favorites such as The Firm Handshake & Buena Buya. To keep the crowd moving between bands there will be DJ sets from Vermillion Pleasure Hour, The Medicine People & Pilgrim. And yes, there is rafting available if you book via the website ahead of time!


The festival is now in its fourth year and is a highlight of the summer for most who attend. Perhaps this is because they just ended up really haggard, but for the most part it’s because the Mukwah Jamboree offers more to attendees than the usual music festival seems to. Festival organizer Danny Vescarelli believes this is due to the sense of community that flows through the festival – this has helped Mukwah grow, organically, into what it is today. Danny says: “everyone who attends Mukwah each year brings their own thing to the table, and as such, finds out what does and doesn’t work for them while at the fest and usually remember that for next year.”


This is why there is always so much going on over the weekend at the Mukwah Jamboree. Whether it be early morning yoga next to the river, campfire singalongs, keg stands at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning or wild psychedelic dance parties – Mukwah is a hotspot for festival fun on your own terms, a true DIY delight. For more information please visit



Check It Out/Do Or Die – Super Furry Animals

Cinema Olympia – Gal Costa

Love Is Strange – Wings

Liquidator – The Harry J All-Stars

Open My Eyes - Nazz

Club A-Go Go – The Animals

9 O’Clock Business Man – The Peppermint Trolley Company

Alice Designs – Mr. Lucky

Zing! (Went The Strings Of My Heart) – The Move

Summer Means Fun – Bruce & Terry

Good Lovin’ – The Young Rascals

Monolith – T. Rex


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